Car drives into crowd at Grand Rapids Women’s March

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Marches were held across the nation over the weekend, including in West Michigan, with the March in Grand Rapids seeing a serious safety concern for some who were participating.

The intent of the driver in the video is certainly in question after their vehicle is seen lurching towards part of the crowd, nearly missing a child in the process. Though no serious injuries were reported, the investigation into what led up to this scene, isn’t over.

Witnesses tell us the Grand Rapids Women's March was underway when a car lurched into the back of the crowd.

"There was tons of people in front of him telling him to stop and he still kept inching forward and he just decided to step on the gas and hit people," says marcher, Amy Jimenez.

Jose and his wife Amy captured the incident on camera and believe the driver's actions in this video were intentional.

"What matters most is that they find this guy. How are people going to feel safe marching," says Jose Jimenez.

The incident shocked marchers nearby and many chose to head home early.

"We went home after that, we just felt kind of shocked. Fortunately, the marched continued," Jimenez says.

We’re told up to three hundred people were in attendance at the march and while organizers tell me it was a scary moment, they say the march went on without other issues.

The marchers who caught the incident on camera tell me they hope marchers won’t sway from sending their message.

"Go out be strong, be loud, and look out for each other, and keep each other safe," Amy Jimenez says.

Grand Rapids police tell FOX 17 the incident did not appear to be intentional and no one was injured. The traffic unit will be reviewing the incident. We will let you know what develops.

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34 comments

  • George

    Stupid ” activists” din’t mom teach you not to play in the street ? Oh and exposing children to this radicalism should be a crime.

  • Unslaved

    “I don’t like what the government is doing so I’m going to ask nicely for the government to stop.” Government responds to bullets and dollars…and maybe little boys… Police enforce all of the policies you hate. If you want change, convince police to be moral and use a conscience, otherwise they’ll continue to do whatever they’re told by whatever clown occupies any given office.

  • Unity

    After watching the video, it really looks like some people were blocking the road, not allowing the driver to pass. THEN, when pounding on the hood the car, the driver bumps forward. I would have too! Only I would have stopped only when the tire was on top of the person who just vandalized my car.
    This story is why real victims are not believed. this entire article is horse crap. The activists should be the ones in police custody, as it appears that they have broken the law here.
    Fake news at its finest!

  • Unity

    This message was deleted for questioning the real story:

    After watching the video, it really looks like some people were blocking the road, not allowing the driver to pass. THEN, when pounding on the hood the car, the driver bumps forward. I would have too! Only I would have stopped only when the tire was on top of the person who just vandalized my car.
    This story is why real victims are not believed. this entire article is horse crap. The activists should be the ones in police custody, as it appears that they have broken the law here.
    Fake news at its finest!

  • HenryFord

    Fox17, are you deleting comments? I would not think so, as once you have censored someones comments, the article goes from “news” to opinion, or worse, fraud.
    Censorship is not the answer…follow the truth!

    • Unity

      Nothing to see here, it was simply someone getting their car vandalized by a protester.
      Some sensationalism must be introduced to the story, because no one else give a crap about biased activism.

  • Keven Lilley

    Hey Amy, How about protesting somewhere other than the road, you know the one designed for cars and trucks to travel on, and not designed for protesters? Pretty dumb on your part if you ask me. Especially when the road conditions are the worst the have been all year. Also bringing you child, and putting him in danger to your stupidity, tells me what kind of person you really are. Be fortunate the driver of that car was not me.

  • Yvonne

    There are so many ignorant people commenting on here. Americans are allowed to march or demonstrate. I am pretty sure they had the proper permits in place since they were not arrested or disbanded. I am sure there was plenty of notice given. They had permission to be there, just like march of dimes does when they have their walks, or marathons have when they run them. Get back in your bubbles and read some books.

  • J.B.

    This is about like the story about the catholic kids harassing the old native american, FAKE FAKE FAKE 5 seconds of liberal bias taken out of 2 hours worth of video context.
    Fox news “what a joke” is still running that story this morning with the kids still being portrayed as the aggressors,
    Despite it being widely debunked as a hit piece.
    Its not news folks…its propaganda.

    • J.B.

      Getting pretty obvious folks..”awaiting moderation”
      If you want facts and unedited news, you aren’t going to find them at Fox 17.

  • Craig Jacob

    It was obvious that the driver thought he was in reverse when he stepped on the gas pedal. He immediately shifted when he lurched forward.

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